CPD fellow Eva Cox assesses the Rudd Government’s performance on Indigenous issues, income support, child care and parental leave: Rudd has apologised to the Stolen Generation, signed Kyoto and fixed some of the worst conditions for asylum seekers. These actions… more
Natasha Stott Despoja on Paid Maternity Leave: After the past few months with the deliberations and report of the Productivity Commission, it looks like Paid Maternity Leave (PML) may finally happen – that is, unless the Government can think of… more
As Chairperson for the Women’s Electoral Lobby Australia (WELA), I’ve been heavily involved in preparing a submission for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave. The WELA strongly supports introducing industrial based, paid maternity leave as… more
CPD’s flagship public event series, Common Ground, kicked off on Wednesday April 23rd in Sydney. Sharan Burrow, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and Tony Steven, CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia explored what they… more
Marian Baird looks at the state of paid parental leave in Australia and argues in favour of a clear and comprehensive scheme.
Huge changes have been taking place in Australians' working lives but public policy is yet to catch up. Brian Howe outlines the concrete measures being taken in Europe to restore workers' 'time sovereignty'.
The Howard Government justifed its industrial relations legislation by arguing that it would improve productivity and create more jobs. Given that the main focus of WorkChoices was on de-unionising Australia’s workforce, the assumption behind this argument is that unionised workforces… more
Last week’s report on ‘Balancing Work and Family’ fails to address the inadequate supply of children’s services, which is undermining choice and leading to ever-rising costs, writes Eva Cox.
Much has been made of the large increase to the minimum wage by the Fair Pay Commission, but Paul Munro argues that it may yet prove to have been a payment in fool’s gold.